Acumen Presents: Angela Duckworth on Building Grit
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Learn how you can build the habits of perseverance from an award-winning psychologist and MacArthur genius
4.5 (248 ratings)
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build the grit to tackle a long-term goal
  • Understand the defining characteristics of "grit paragons" and how you can incorporate their practices into your own life
  • Develop a goal hierarchy to structure the pursuit of your ambitions
  • Build a Deliberate Practice Plan to purposefully develop skills
  • Learn practical strategies to cultivate a growth mindset and sense of optimism
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course. It is open to anyone who wants to build their grit or help others do so.

The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence called “grit.” This course will introduce you to research-grounded insights and practical strategies to become a more gritty person—someone with the perseverance to power through difficult circumstances and drive change in the world. Taught by Angela Duckworth, a MacArthur Genius winner, bestselling author of Grit, and University of Pennsylvania psychologist, you’ll learn strategies to set the right goals, uncover your interests, implement deliberate practice in your daily life, cultivate a growth mindset, and find purpose in your work so that you can continue pursuing difficult challenges.

Through a series of video lectures, Angela will bring the lessons from her New York Times bestselling book and TED talk to life, offering stories and findings particularly relevant to social change makers trying to do hard things. She’ll also share research-grounded insights relevant to everyone from entrepreneurs to parents to athletes to students to businesspeople who are trying to live up to their full potential—and help others do the same. She’ll share practical tips and strategies to develop more grit in your daily life and you’ll gain a set of exercises and supplemental resources to start applying these lessons right away. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to build their grit--their passion and perseverance for pursuing longterm goals.
  • Anyone who wants to help others build their grit.
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to Grit
9 Lectures 13:57

Angela welcomes you to the course and describes what it will cover.

Preview 00:48

What You'll Need

In this lecture, Angela will define grit and help you understand why it is different from talent. 

The Difference Between Grit and Talent

In this lecture, you'll learn about the habits, beliefs, attitudes values, and formative experiences that characterize grit paragons.

Preview 04:10

In this lecture, Angela will share a case study of one grit paragon so that you can understand what grit looks like in action.

An Example of a Grit Paragon

Quick Check for Understanding
1 question

In this lecture, Angela will explain how anyone can cultivate grit.

Who Can Be Gritty?

In this lecture, Angela will explain how you can use goal hierarchies as a tool for organizing and pursuing your long-term, high-order ambitions.

Preview 03:02

How Gritty Are You? Use the Grit Scale

Build Your Goal Hierarchy
The 1st Building Block of Grit: Uncovering Your Interests
4 Lectures 04:46

In this lecture, you'll learn why interest and passion are inextricably linked to grit.

Preview 01:08

In this lecture, you'll learn why a sense of play is vital to uncovering your passions.

The Connection Between Play and Passion

Angela will share practical tips for how you can start to uncover your own interests--or help children discover what they are passionate about.

Practical Tips for Uncovering Your Interests

Exercise: Interest Inventory
The 2nd Building Block of Grit: Deliberate Practice
4 Lectures 06:53

In this lecture, Angela will introduce you to the 4 elements of deliberate practice--or what all world-class experts do to improve their skills.

The Deliberate Practice of World-Class Experts

Learn about the top predictor of someone's ability to win a spelling bee. Understand how carrying out deliberate practice feels.

Preview 02:33

In this lecture, you'll learn two actionable steps to incorporate deliberate practice in your daily life.  You'll learn to implement the practices used by world-class experts use to master new skills.

Practical Strategies to Implement Deliberate Practice in Your Own Life

Exercise: Plan Your Deliberate Practice
The 3rd Building Block of Grit: Purpose
5 Lectures 10:03

In this lecture, Angela will describe why cultivating a sense of purpose is essential for building grit.

The Connection Between Grit and Purpose

In this lecture Angela will share research from David Yeager on why cultivating a sense of purpose is an important motivator for teenagers--and people of all ages.

Find Meaning in What You're Already Doing

In this lecture, Angela will share findings on how you can move from having a job to having a career and, finally, a calling.

Job Crafting

In this lecture, Angela will share why finding a role model who embodies a sense of purpose can be so essential to building purpose in your own life.

Find a Purpose Role Model

Exercise: Job Crafting Journal Prompt
The 4th Building Block of Grit: Hope
5 Lectures 06:44

In this lecture, Angela will explain how having a sense of hope is crucial to building grit.

The Connection Between Grit and Hope

In this lecture, Angela will explain how Carol Dweck's research on growth mindset is important for building your grit.

Growth Mindset

Exercise: Take the Growth Mindset Quiz

Angela describes one research study that found an important connection between optimism, grit, and happiness.

Lessons from a Teach for America Study

Angela shares her own personal strategies for staying optimistic when adversity arises--or she just has a bad day.

Practical Tips for Cultivating a Sense of Hope
Lessons on Grit for Social Entrepreneurs
2 Lectures 03:44

Angela explores her views on grit and poverty and debunks common misconceptions.

Debunking Myths Around Grit and Poverty

Angela offers concluding wisdom for social entrepreneurs.

Concluding Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs
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Angela Duckworth
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University of Pennsylvania Psychologist & Bestselling Author

Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Currently, she serves as a faculty director for Wharton People Analytics, an initiative that helps organizations adopt the latest insights from social science research.

Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate New York Times bestseller.